ERIC Number: ED364271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-17
Reference Count: N/A
Innovative Educational Programs Using Flexible Delivery Systems.
Purdie, Tanya G.; Watson, Alan
At Chattanooga State Technical Community College (CSTCC) in Tennessee, a "regional concept" for health care program delivery was developed involving affiliations with approved regional health care facilities. The delivery system allows CSTCC students enrolled in the college's para-radiologic technology (PRT) specialty programs to receive their didactic training at CSTCC and their clinical training at an affiliated facility near their home. Students are scheduled for 16 hours of classroom training and 24 hours of clinic training every other week, while in the weeks between class sessions students are scheduled for a full 40 hours of clinic training. The PRT programs have 32 affiliate facilities, located in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky. Students may apply to the programs as either traditional students, attending full-time but not entitled to receive compensation during clinic hours, or as non-traditional students, attending only the didactic portion of the program during the first two semesters and completing all clinical competency requirements during the third semester. Benefits of the regional program concept include program accessibility since students do not have to relocate to continue their education, relatively low tuition, increased student to technologist ratios since students are not concentrated in one area, and convenient scheduling. A list of required courses is included as well as recommendations for dealing with the program's accelerated didactic schedule, the independence of clinical sites, and the stress to faculty of managing regional programs. (PAA)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Allied Health Occupations Education, Clinical Experience, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Instructional Innovation, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Radiologic Technologists, Regional Programs, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chattanooga State Technical Community College TN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (15th, Austin, TX, May 23-29, 1993).